The ABA Law Student Division Competition Registration is now open!

Visit Law Student Division Competitions to register and for additional information about each competition.

These practical skills competitions offer students an opportunity to apply what they are learning in class through intraschool, regional, and national competitions.

Visit the Competitions webpages for more details or register now for:

Please contact the ABA if you have any questions.

 

VICTORIA FISHER MEMORIAL PRIZE 2015

Do you have a special interest in Women & The Law? You are invited to write an essay of not more than 10,000 words relating to the above topic.

The winning entry will be awarded £250.

About the Prize: The purpose of the annual prize is to stimulate interest in the relationship between women and the law.

About Victoria Fisher: Victoria was a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Leicester. She was a founder member of the Women and Law group and an active trade unionist.

Entries to be received by 30 November 2015.

To find out how to enter, contact:
 
Ms. Linda Henfrey, Victoria Fisher Memorial Prize Fund
 
Please visit the website also for details.
 

 

THE BPI POLIKOFF–GAUTREAUX FELLOWSHIP FOR A PUBLIC INTEREST LAWYER OR POLICY ANALYST

Application Deadline: October 16, 2015

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI), a Chicago-based nonprofit law and policy center, seeks a recent law or public policy graduate to serve as the Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow for one year, renewable for a second, beginning in Summer or Fall 2016.

The Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship offers the opportunity for recent law school or public policy school graduates to develop the experience, skills and network critical to a rewarding career in public interest advocacy. Fellows have gone on to become the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization that serves youth interests, to practice affordable housing law, to accept a full-time staff position with BPI and more.

Since its founding in 1969, BPI has worked to create a just society. BPI strives to resolve compelling issues of social justice and quality of life in the Chicago region by addressing the challenges of urban poverty, increasing housing and educational opportunity, building vital communities, and improving Illinois’ juvenile justice system. BPI’s staff of lawyers and policy specialists uses a variety of approaches including litigation, legal and policy research and advocacy, community organizing, and collaboration with civic, community, business, and governmental organizations. BPI is a recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

REQUIREMENTS of the Fellowship are:

• Either a JD or MA/MS in public policy or related field (by Fellowship start)

• Demonstrated interest or experience in one of BPI’s program areas

• Accomplished oral and writing skills

• Strong academic record

• Initiative, creativity and flexibility

• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a variety of organizations, constituent groups, government agencies, and civic leaders.

Fellows receive an annual salary of $46,000 with medical and dental coverage. Debt service on law school or graduate school loans for the duration of the Fellowship may be available, based on need.

Send résumé, writing sample, references and a cover letter detailing interest in the position by Friday, October 16, 2015 via email or via postal mail (postmarked by October 16, 2015) to: 
Business and Professional People for the Public Interest
Polikoff–Gautreaux Fellowship
25 East Washington Street, Suite 1515
Chicago, Illinois 60602
312-641-5570
www.bpichicago.org

GEORGE V. POWELL DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

Lane Powell PC has more than 140 years of commitment to their communities. This commitment is reflected in Lane Powell’s hiring and promotion of women and individuals from diverse backgrounds. As part of this commitment to diversity, the firm has created the George V. Powell Diversity Scholarship. The George V. Powell Scholar will be a 2016 summer associate in the firm’s Seattle or Portland office and receive a $7,500.00 scholarship toward tuition and expenses during the student’s third year of law school.

Academic Requirements and Selection Criteria:

The firm is seeking candidates who will contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the legal community and who have a demonstrated desire to work, live, and eventually practice law in Seattle or Portland. The candidates’ academic achievements and record of leadership abilities, community service, and involvement in community issues will be taken into consideration.

Candidates must be second year students in good standing at an ABA accredited law school. Candidates in four year joint degree programs will be considered after their third year.

Application Procedures and Materials:

To apply to the George V. Powell Diversity Scholarship, please provide the following materials:

• cover letter including a statement indicating eligibility to participate in the Program

• resume

• current copy of law school transcript

• legal writing sample

• list of two or three professional or academic references

Application materials should be mailed or emailed to:
 
Len Roden, Manager of Attorney Recruiting
Lane Powell PC
1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4200
PO Box 91302
Seattle, WA 98111-9402
Email address: rodenl@lanepowell.com
Phone: 206-223-6123
 
Please check the website for application material deadlines for the 2016 Program.

For more information on summer associate program, please visit also the website.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE 2015 NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION COMMITTEE ON ANIMALS AND THE LAW STUDENT WRITING COMPETITION

The Committee on Animals and the Law of the New York State Bar Association is very pleased to announce the Seventh Annual Student Writing Competition.  The deadline for submission is July 31, 2015.

The Committee on Animals and the Law was established to provide information resources for the New York State Bar Association’s members and the public about non-human, animal‑related humane issues, which arise from and have an effect upon our legal system.  This competition seeks to foster legal scholarship among law students in the area of animals and the law.  This competition provides law students with an incentive and opportunity to learn more about this area of law.

Law students (which include J.D., L.L.M., Ph.D., and S.J.D. candidates) are invited to submit to the Committee on Animals and the Law an article concerning any area of Animal Law.  All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of attorneys and other professionals practicing or otherwise involved in animal law.  The winner will be chosen in accordance with the attached rules.  The first place winner will receive $1,000 and a certificate of achievement.  The second place winner will receive $500 and a certificate of achievement.

The rules are as follows:

Topic: Any topic on Animal Law.

Eligibility: To be eligible for consideration, the submission must be written by a student currently enrolled (full time or part time) in an ABA-accredited law school.  Students expecting to receive their degree in 2015 are eligible for consideration.  The submission must be written by one and only one student, i.e., papers jointly written by more than one student or that have been subjected to line editing by professors or advisors shall not be considered.  No paper that has been previously published in any form shall be considered.  We will only accept one submission per entrant.

Deadline: Papers must be postmarked no later than July 31, 2015.

Criteria: Written submissions will be judged based on quality, clarity, originality, and organization.  All essays must also meet the following criteria:

Length: Type written, double spaced, no less than 12 point Times New Roman font, on 8 ½ inch by 11 inch paper, with 1 inch margins, and no more than 25 pages, including footnotes.  Footnotes should be single spaced, and no less than 10 point font.

Format: One hard copy of the written submission and one electronic copy in Microsoft Word format on a disk or CD must be submitted by mail, postmarked no later than July 31, 2015, and addressed to:

Linda McMahon, NYSBA Staff Liaison
Committee on Animals and the Law
New York State Bar Association
One Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207 

Cover Page: Entrants must submit a cover page indicating the entrant’s name, law school, expected year of graduation, mailing address, email address, and telephone number.  All other references to identifying information, such as name, law school, and contact information should be deleted or redacted from the body of the submission.

Prizes Awarded:

1st place:         $1,000 and a certificate of achievement

2nd place:        $500 and a certificate of achievement

The Committee also reserves the right to offer the winners (and other entrants), in the Committee’s discretion, the opportunity to publish his/her paper in the Committee’s Laws & Paws publication.  Offers to publish are purely within the discretion of the Committee and the Committee in no way guarantees entrant’s the opportunity for publication.

The ABA’s “Win a Dream Interview” Contest

The American Bar Association is matching law students with interviews for internships. Enter the ABA’s “Win a Dream Interview” contest by visiting the website.

Participate now and you can win an interview for a chance at a dream internship in just three easy steps:

1. Submit a one minute video.  Explain why you should intern at one of many law firms around the country. Winners receive an interview and chance to personally pitch themselves!

2. Choose up to three firms. Select the internships for which you would like to interview, and then submit resumes, transcripts and/or other required selection criteria.

3. Join the ABA.  Membership is FREE for students. You must be an ABA Law Student Member to be eligible for this contest.  The ABA’s network of internships can open a door for you.

Visit the website for official rules and a chance to win!

ABA IPL Student Reporters Program

Participants selected for the Program are given complimentary registration to the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law’s #IPCentral at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. During the Conference, students attend the Section’s premier CLE programs and network with Intellectual Property Law attorneys from across the nation while reporting on the content of the CLE programming via social media.

Early bird applications for the program are due by Friday, June 5, 2015 at 5PM EST and the final deadline is Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 5PM EST. The application can be accessed here.

More opportunities are available for law students who join the Law Student Action Group.

Swords to Plowshares Seeks Candidate to Sponsor for a Legal Fellowship Beginning in August 2016

Swords to Plowshares seeks candidates to sponsor for both Equal Justice Works and Skadden fellowships.

Swords to Plowshares is a nationally-recognized nonprofit serving veterans in need in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides legal assistance, counseling and case management, employment and training, and housing to veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area.  They promote and protect the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state, and national entities.  Believing that war causes wounds and suffering that last beyond the battlefield, their mission is to heal the wounds, to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to prevent and end homelessness and poverty among veterans.

Their legal services include free assistance to veterans who seek Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare, disability compensation, and pension; they also specialize in military discharge reviews and upgrades for veterans who received less than fully Honorable discharges.  They are a small, collegial staff seeking candidates to sponsor for both Equal Justice Works and Skadden fellowships.  Applicants are encouraged to propose project ideas.  They seek someone who is dynamic, creative, and highly motivated.

A successful fellowship candidate will:

  • Possess superior research skills; strong academic record; impeccable written and verbal communication skills.
  • Have demonstrated experience with or sensitivity to the needs of homeless and disabled veteran populations, particularly “hard to reach / hard to serve” populations.
  • Possess patience; creativity; attention to detail; excellent organizational skills.
  • Have a demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and remain calm under pressure.
  • Be committed to the mission of Swords to Plowshares.
  • Become a member of the State Bar of California (other state bar membership may qualify, if it satisfies VA rules for attorney representation and meets eligibility requirements for admission to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims).

Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  Women, people of color, people with disabilities and LGBTQ individuals are also encouraged to apply.  Please note that Swords to Plowshares will make reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities.

To learn more about Equal Justice Works post-graduate legal fellowships, please visit the website.  To learn more about Skadden post-graduate legal fellowships, please visit the website.

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter detailing your interest in Swords to Plowshares along with a resume, academic transcript, writing sample, and list of three references here. Please be sure to include “Fellowship Candidate” in the subject line.

The deadline for applications is Monday June 29, 2015.

Law Students Working at Nonprofits and Government Organizations for the Summer 2015 are Eligible for a $1,212 Segal Education Award Through Equal Justice Works’ AmeriCorps JD Program

Law students working at nonprofits and government organizations for the summer are eligible for a $1,212 Segal Education Award through Equal Justice Works’ AmeriCorps JD program. Students can use these funds to reduce the amount they have to borrow for law school or to repay loans after graduation.

And anyone who applies to AmeriCorps JD is automatically entered to win one of 20 iPad Air or Surface 3 tablets!

The application deadline is June 1, 2015. The application takes about 30 minutes using the online Student Application Manager. For more information or assistance:

  1. Download the Application Guide.
  2. Contact Brandon Basso at AmericorpsJD@equaljusticeworks.org.
  3. Equal Justice Works also has a quick video on what it means to be an AmeriCorps JD member.

Writing Opportunity for Law Students

Authors are wanted to write entries for the Privacy Rights in the Digital Era: An Encyclopedia. This work is currently in development by Grey House Publishing . We seek to make this encyclopedia the definitive reference work in the subject of contemporary privacy rights, with over 230 entries on the various concepts, theories, persons, statutes and cases involved in the subject of privacy rights.

This is a great publishing opportunity for publishing in a dynamic, high interest area, for law students. The publisher will pay honoraria for entries that are accepted.

If you are interested, please write Chris Anglim, the general editor of this project. He will provide additional information, including the list of entries, deadlines and word count limits. The advisory editor for the project is Professor Jane E. Kirtley, JD, director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota¹s School of Journalism.